Last week we introduced you to the magical musings of Norwegian singer, Aurora
. She's the office's newest obsession, and we'll be wearing the needle out on her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
, when it's released this Friday.
In addition to sharing three powerful, acoustic songs from the album in our session, Aurora was kind enough to pull up a stool, sit Indian style and share with us some thoughts on the album, her fans, and what she hopes those who encounter her music take away from it.
"It strikes me as quite a wonderful thing," she decides while thinking about some of the concepts that helped to inspire the album. "Because we all have demons. I know it's quite a dramatical way of putting it. But we all have dark memories and experiences in life. It's nice to think that maybe in the future you'll be greeted by them as a friend and you will realize that they were bad, but it was important that they happened because you've grown as a person and you've learned a lot. I just like the atmosphere of it".
So do we. So do a lot of people. Since the release of our session last week, we've read many comments from Aurora's devoted fan base on our site...which I'm sure are but a fraction of the feedback Aurora receives on a daily basis. What's clear is this 19 year old is crafting some of the most emotionally engaging music out there right now, in a unique style and with an expressive personality all her own.
And why the reaction? It's a question we put to her during our conversation. "Even if my songs are quite sad or quite dark I don't want my songs to make people sad. It's very important for me that all my songs have some kind of hope or light." Which is something a lot of people hear in the music and the lyrics and the atmosphere. "Many of my fans often tell me that they listen to my songs to get through things. And therefore, obviously, I hope that they can picture being in a place where things are better...I hope my songs can bring people to a calm place."
- Well, I'm Aurora.
I'm from Norway, from Bergen.
It's on the west coast by the sea.
We played Murder Song, which is a bit tragic.
It's a love story and what's going on inside the woman's and the man's head is a secret.
He holds the gun against my head.
I close my eyes and bang I am dead.
I know he knows... My first album will be named...well, my first child I guess will be named "All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend" and it's always hard to answer, to explain the title.
In my head, it takes many, many, many words.
It's easier to describe it with 11, 12 songs.
It strikes me as a quite wonderful thing to have because we all have demons.
I know it's quite a dramatical way of putting it, but we have dark memories or experiences in life and it's nice to think that maybe in the future, you'll be greeted by them as a friend and you will realize that even though they were bad, it was important that they happened because you've grown as a person and you've learned a lot.
I don't know I just like them, the atmosphere of it.
Let love conquer your mind.
Just reach out for the light.
I am a yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
It's kind of a song for my supporters, which I call Warriors and Weirdos because that's what you do nowadays.
You have a name for your fans, yeah, so I didn't.
But now they are named Warriors and Weirdos which is quite powerful.
And Warrior is a song for all of them.
It's kind of like, it's just be a warrior of love, which sounds a bit cheesy right now but it was a nice thought just to be a nice human.
Warrior Warrior Just reach out for the light.
I am a yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Even if my songs are quite sad or quite dark, I don't want my songs to make people sad.
It's very important for me that all my songs have some kind of hope or light.
Many of my fans, they tell me that they often listen to my songs to get through things.
And therefore obviously I hope that they can picture being in a place where things are better, which that must be nice.
But I hope my songs can bring people to a calm place.
AURORA made her North American debut this past October at the CMJ Music Marathon. Garnering critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, PASTE Magazine, Pigeons and Planes and more, AURORA has quickly made a name for herself as an exciting rising star to watch. Her Running in the Wolves EP, out now, solidifies the buzz with four gorgeous, ethereal tracks that highlight her soaring vocals and unique musical arrangements.
AURORA, growing up in the small Norwegian town of Os, was first drawn to music as a young child influenced by her sisters piano playing. Coming into her own at the ripe age of 17, AURORA started performing publicly, first for her schoolmates and now at major Norwegian music festivals and radio stations AURORA has become one of Norways most talked about new artists.